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IGHT NOW in every state in this country, every province in Canada, except the extreme
northern portion, and in far-away Australia, as well as various European countries. Irises and
bulbs from Cooley's Gardens are growing lustily. You, too, if you live in a spot where a
garden can be grown, may have complete confidence that stock bought from us will arrive in
perfect condition, and, with reasonable care, enjoy perfect success.
A WORD ABOUT OUR STOCK
Oregon, and especially the Willamette Valley, has acquired
a world-wide reputation for bulb and plant production. Our
gardens are located in the heart of this renowned valley, and
all of the stock we offer is grown right here. This fact,
coupled with our clean and intensive cultural methods, enables
us to furnish plants of a quality that few growers can dupli-
cate. Our iris rhizomes are of exceptional size and vigor, and
in many instances one root purchased from us in July or
August will reward the owner with two or three flower stalks
the very first season after planting.
Our iris rhizomes are NOT IRRIGATED, NOT FERTI-
LIZED, and we have NEVER HAD AN IRIS BORER!
Likewise, our lilies and other bulbs are large, sound, and free
from pests and diseases. They are grown right here and are
perfectly fresh when they start on their journey to your
NO ORDER ACCEPTED FOR LESS THAN $1.00
Terms: Cash with order, either check, draft or money
order. Enclosing cash in your letter may result in loss. 25%
will hold until shipping date.
Discount: You may select additional plants to the value of
10% of your order if it totals $3 or more. THIS DOES NOT
APPLY TO THE COLLECTION OFFERS, however. Three
of any 25c irises for 50c.
Aux amis du Canada et de la France:
Nous sommes heureux de vous envoyer ce catologue, et
nous esperons que vous jouirez du contenu. Vous pouvez
vous procurer facilement les plants et les bulbes d'apres les
descriptions indiquees et par la obtenir un plein succes.
Rappelezvous que le transport est affranchi par tout l'uni-
vers. Nos pratiques canadiennes devront ecrire aux fonc-
tionnaires d'horticrdture pour un permis d'importation avec
priere de Pinserer avec leur commande.
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Shipments: Will be made on bearded irises beginning about
June 20th. If you wish your order sent later, or on any spe-
cific date, we shall carry out your instructions. Early ship-
ments permit plants to become established before winter sets
in, but rhizomes are not as large in July as they would be in
August. We prefer to ship around July 10th as an ideal time.
£3T BULBS, JAPANESE AND SPURIA IRIS, AND POP-
PIES, WILL NOT BE SHIPPED UNTIL THE PROPER
PLANTING SEASON, AROUND SEPTEMBER 1st, OR
Transportation: Prepaid express or parcel post, whichever
we deem most expedient. Be sure and state your express
office, if different from postal address. We pack in dry
excelsior in well ventilated cardboard cartons and guarantee
safe delivery to point of address. All shipments are insured.
Remember, we PREPAY all costs — the prices quoted herein
are for delivery to your door.
We Guarantee all bulbs and plants to be true to name, first
size, free from disease and pests, and to reach you in live and
healthy condition. We do not guarantee them to live or grow
in your garden under conditions over which we have no
At Nostri Amici d' It alia:
II clima soleggiato del vostra paese e specialmente adatto
per la coltura di bei Irises (piante di Giaggiolo) . I giardini di
Cooley spediscono queste piante dietro pagamento anticipato
in tutte le parte del mondo, e voi potete fare assegnamento
sull'arrivo, in perfetto condizione, delle piante ordinate.
Noi saremo lieti di mandarvi il nostro catalogo e speriamo
sinceremente che voi apprezzerete il suo contenuto.
-FROM A MAGIC CU£SJ
OF T-HF. ARABIAN NIGWT5
][F YOU would paint your landscape with
brilliance, or with bewitching pastoral tints,-
if you wish colorful border clumps, or if you
grow your flowers for cutting and indoor
enjoyment, the Iris, in some form or species,
will fill the need. The collecting of fine
irises, like the accumulating of rare paintings
or antiques, is a fascinating and inspiring
hobby. And best of all, no group of flow-
ers presents fewer obstacles to success.
Among the world s finest and most varied
collections is the planting in our gardens.
The b eginnerwith flowers, with only a sma
sum to spend, will find a wealth of beauty
obtainable for a modest outlay And like-
wise, the estate owner and others to whom
expense is a secondary consideration wi
find the ultimate in rarity and perfection
offered within these pages.
\[OCT£B ER OPERA
The World's Finest Irises
A rich, soft, reddish buff combination. The
stems are slender but the flowers are of very large
size and well spaced. This is a lovely and very un-
usual blend, the colorings being suggestive of the
name. Each $2.00
Solid yellow self, from the Wareham collection in
Cincinnati. Due to an error and misunderstanding,
the first stock of this sent out was not true, and re-
sulted in confusion and ill repute for the iris of this
name. After making adjustments with those to whom
it was wrongly sent the first season, we are now in a
position to offer the true stock in our catalog for the
first time. A pure, deep, bright yellow, on tall stems ;
surpassed only by the most recent and expensive
novelties. Each $5.00
Good sized pale yellow with luminous center of
deeper coloring. This iris, which has received a silver
medal of the A. I. S., is a very free bloomer and
increases rapidly, thus being especially desirable
where a mass of soft yellow is wanted in the garden.
Each 25c; three for 50c; $1.50 per 10
A French autumn flowering iris, that with us at
least has bloomed not only in the spring and fall, but
intermittently throughout the summer as well. The
coloring' is a combination of red-brown and fawn, a
bit on the order of Dauntless, although lighter in
tone. Rhizomes are usually quite small, but the flow-
ers are of good size and there just seems to be no end
to its blooming possibilities. Each 25c
An English silver medal winner, with ruffled
flowers of blended tones in yellow and soft lavender-
pink. The stems are slender and graceful, and it
makes a lovely cut flower. Small rhizomes.
A new type variegata from Hans Sass. Of
Nebraska X Rameses parentage, with fine yellow
standards and red falls, on 40-inch well branched
stems. Each $1.50
Standards clear yellow, falls deep yellow, faintly
bronzed. Unquestionably among the leading yellows
of recent introduction, and has perfoimied superbly
in Minnesota as Avell as in New England and Califor-
nia. The large blossoms are of smooth firm texture,
produced on splendid stems. Shown in color on page
17. Each $3.00; three for $7.50
A magnificent and very dependable iris that
every garden should have. Bronze standards and
rich red-brown falls, large in size, and of bold grow-
ing habit. Each 25c
Gigantic lavender, so outstanding in its color class
as to defy all predecessors. Despite its colossal size,
the floAvers are graceful in effect, well carried on
stems over four feet tall. The extremely broad falls
are a noticeable feature in this flower of architec-
tural perfection. Each $6.00
The Longfield Iris Farm introduced Andante in
1930 as a greatly improved Germaine Perthuis. The
great black buds unfold into flowers of perfect form
and wondrous beauty. General effect is darkest pur-
ple, with very bright orange beard. One of the excel-
lent features is the almost total absence of veining.
Each 35c ; three for $1.00
A new departure in the plicata group — a com-
bination of light lilac standards with white falls bor-
dered rose. Beautifully ruffled, medium in size, it is
a very dainty garden subject with the fragrance of
clover. Each 35c ; three for $1.00
The smooth, soft tones of this iris are indescrib-
able. The introducer says "a delicate blending of the
sky's colors at sunset and those of a pigeon's
throat." The flowers are very large, of an unusual
thick and leathery substance. The whole effect is
wonderfully beautiful — soft rosy heliotrope blended
with greyish amber, beard orange. One of the finest
things ever to come from France. Each $1.50
A small flower of distinct red or crimson brown
coloring. Makes a wonderful mass, and increases
rapidly. Each 25c
Very fragrant and beautiful violet-pink self, with
white flushed throat. Tall stalks, lasting long in
bloom. Each 25c; three for 50c
A delicate yellow of large size and perfection of
form. The stems are quite tall, and the opening buds
are a very rich butter yellow. Awarded an ELM. when
exhibited as a seedling in Boston. Each $3.50
One of the most famous irises ever offered and
still one of the best and most distinct, Standards
silvery lavender, shading to yellow. Falls pale red-
purple, lighter near the margins. Very brilliant
beard. Blooms of huge size, on four-foot stems.
Each 25c ; three for 50c
A blended pink fall bloomer. See page 35.
One of the largest varieties, of a peculiar shade
of manganese violet. A sort of heliotrope color, with
monster blooms freely produced.
Each 40c ; three for $1.00
A rich variegata introduced in 1930 by the Long-
field Iris Farm. Bright orange-yellow standards,
lightly stained bronze ; falls very rich and velvety, of
deep red-brown. This is a very rapid increaser, a
single rhizome making a clump in one year's time.
The new "Crown Prince" is a flower of this type,
but of much greater size and height.
Each 40c ; three for $1.00
Dusky dark blue, with a metallic sheen and blue
beard. A very large flower, and a free bloomer, with
purine tinged foliage. EL M. AIS 1931. Each $2.00
A fine tall iris in two shades of blue, the stan-
dards very bright and frilled, the falls deep velvety
blue with a narrow band of brilliant blue matching
the standards. An outstanding blue effect in the
garden. Each 40c
Few irises have received more favorable comment
during the past four years than has this rich velvety
seedling from the hand of Dr. Loomis of Colorado
Springs. An iris of the Swazi type, larger, bluer,
and finer in every way. Not very rapid of increase,
it will be in demand for a long time to come.
Each $1.40; three for $3.00
Soft yellow flushed light clear pink in both stan-
dards and falls, overlaid sky blue in the center of
each fall. A flower of bewitching effect, ruffled like
Midgard, and an extra free bloomer. Each 50c
Pale lemon-cream, of Moonlight derivation. A
very new introduction from England which has had
little publicity, but is deserving of a place among the
iris aristocracy. Blossoms of great size, slightly ruf-
fled, splendid stem and branching habit; slightly
tender. Each 50c
This Dominion seedling is the parent or grand-
parent of a large majority of the finest Dominion
strain irises of recent introduction. It stands today
as one of the largest, richest, brightest and most
velvety of all irises, and no collection should be with-
out it. Standards are rosy fawn shading to yellow at
the base ; falls a glowing rich red-brown, edged with
buff. Each 25c; three for 50c; $1.50 per 10
With the perfect form of Frieda Mohr, and the
clean blue-lavender of Lord of June, this new iris is
one of the most colossal flowers we have. The stalks
are extra heavy and tower to great height, with foli-
age in proportion. Compared with Mabel Taft, an-
other giant iris, this has a silky finish rather than
velvety, different form, and is lighter in tone.
A dark but blazing metallic red, ;i flower of great
size, and one of the superfine seedlings grown by
America's foremost hybridist, Dr. Ayres. This spec-
tacular flower created a sensation when shown at the
A IS meeting in Freeporl in 1933, and some critics
pronounced it the finest red iris in existence. It dif-
fers from most others in its bronzy finish. II. M. A1S
193:3. Limited stock. Each $18.50
A very dark, solid purple, from, the Sass Brothers,
one of the darkest of all irises, and a very early one.
Flowers are of large size, rounded in shape, and
without any veining or reticulation. A very free
blooming iris on medium height stems.
Planted with the yellow Desert Gold, which
blooms at the same time, a most striking garden
effed is created. Each 25c
A tan-brown overlaid with gold; along the midrib
of the standards is a delicate penciling of iridescent
blue, adding a note of charm and refinement to the
whole. Does not lose its delicate color in hot sun.
This is one of Dr. Ayres' newest, and stock is of
course very scarce. Each $20.00
The deepest large flowered yellow, being a seed-
ling of Grace Sturtevant and unquestionably hardy.
Does not fade, and shows no paling in standards,
falls, or beard. We believe this to be the nearest to
perfection of any deep yellow in commerce. Said one
iris enthusiast, gazing upon one of its full blown
golden blooms for a full minute. "It isn't so. There
is no such iris !" Stock is extremely limited.
Fairly recent, not especially rare, but one of the
best and most brilliant light type variegatas. Tower-
ing to four feet or more, a clump is a distinctive,
high-light in the garden. Standards clear amber yel-
low, falls flushed light purple, yellow near the edges.
I h !' Miss Sturtevant's best.
Each 35c ; three for 90c
Certainly one of the best of all Dominion seed-
lings, and in fact one of the world's finest irises.
Massive in size, with broad falls of deep, velvety,
crimson-purple. Indispensable. Each 30c
CAROLINE E. STRINGER
A few years ago the Sass's gave us this lovely
apple blossom pink — a pink so pale and delicate that
it is almost a tinted white. It still stands as one of
the really excellent things in fine iris, and at the
present very low price no one should be without it.
Low growing, covered with blooms.
Each 25c; three for 50c
Another of the fine new yellows appearing in our
catalog this year. With its soft smooth finish,
heavy substance, and uniform lemon chrome color-
ing. Chromylla has steadfastly advanced in popu-
larity until it stands in the front rank of modern
yellow irises. Of course there are a number of very
good new ones, and tastes are bound to differ, but
we can high! y recommend this one.
II. M.. A IS 1931.
A.M., A IS 1932. Each $3.00
Wonderfully rich, deep purple, medium size flow-
ers on tall stems. Each 25c
This lovely warm blend from the Sass gardens has
been a sensation in the iris world for the past few
years. The coloring is a medley of peach and apricot
tones, suggesting the rich and brilliant blendings of
the rose "Talisman." A beautiful novelty which is
always a complete sell-out each season, so order early
to prevent disappointment. Small rhizomes always.
See page 32. Each $1.50
Something along the lines of the famous variety
Asia, with a more golden center. The stems are stiff
and well held, and the foliage is especially rampant.
Introduced only a few seasons ago, it increases so
fast that it can now be sold at alow price. Each $1.00
Introduced as a white Aphrodite, one of the
parents. As clean and clear as a crystal, with lovely
form, slender branching stems, this free flowering
white is distinct from all other white irises, and as a
result it was awarded the silver medal at the English
Iris Society's exhibit in London in 1930. Columbine
is a very fast multiplier, our own stock increasing
about 50 to one in three years. Each $1.00
A very tall and robust iris with large flowers of
copper-bronze, overlaid with velvety red.
Each 25c; three for 50c
A blend of pink and red that approaches rasp
berry color in effect, with a dazzling note added in
the bright golden beard. With this fine variety Dr.
Avres has scored honors again, for Coralie was
awarded an H. M. by the A1S in 1932 and in 1933 was
given the Dykes Medal. Such recognition stamps it
as a certain leader for many seasons to come. Very
limited stock. Each $10.50
For those who do not feel like investing in the
newer yellows offered in this list because of the
higher cost, we sincerely recommend Coronation. It
is a uniform deep yellow, absolutely hardy, doesn't
fade, and compares well with irises of recent intro-
duction in other colors. Each 35c ; three for 90c
of any 10
from trie fol-
lowing list of
varieties . . .
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3S&D 5-35 12MM
Finest and richest of Dominion variegatas, with
deep orange-yellow standards and falls of dark and
velvety red-brown, solid to the edge. A superb iris
on the Pacific Coast, it reaches real perfection in
New England and the Northern tier of states. In-
cluded in Schreiner's list of "100 Super-Iris" for the
past two successive seasons. Produced by Dr. Klein-
sorge, and one of our own well received introduc-
tions. Each $2.50
Probably the most popular and widely known of
all so-called red irises. Although we now have sev-
eral newer introductions that surpass it, none the less
Dauntless remains near the top, and there has never
been sufficient stock to supply the demand. The
blooms are of great size, on tall heavy stems, and last
over a long season. The coloring is rich velvety red,
with very little of the blue or purple undertone. A
former Dykes medal winner. Each $1.00
One of those "peachy-apricot" blends in shades of
pink and yellow. For some reason, this variety has
never been exploited as have many less deserving
sorts. Day Dream is not just a lovely color medley —
it is a very tall, well branched, vigorous growing iris,
with large flowers ; one of those things that will bring
exclamations of delight from your garden visitors.
Very lovely plicata with only the rose style
branches to detract from its whiteness.
Each 25c; three for 50c
Tlie world's greatest iris. Blooming for the first
time in America during the season of 1930, it almost
bowled over all who saw it. Since that time it
has proven worthy of first impressions, and from
England and France, as well as from all sections of
this country, come songs of praise for this imposing
giant of the race. Standards light glowing rosy-
purple, overlaid bronzy-gold. Falls very wide, spread-
ing, purplish garnet-red, shading to lighter rosy-
bronze at the edge. Deep orange beard. Over four
feet tall, wonderfully well branched. Depute Nom-
blot received a certificate of merit in 1929 at the
Paris show, and in 1930 was awarded the Dykes
medal. Each $1.50 ; three for $4.00
Among the earliest of the tall bearded group. An
extremely large, fine formed, smooth clear yellow.
Standards are nicely domed, pure light yellow. Falls
are extra broad, pure yellow with very rich yellow
beard. It certainly is deserving of a position among
the best new introductions. Plant a clump in front of
several clumps of Santa Barbara — they bloom to-
gether, and what a picture! H. M. AIS 1931; A.M.
1932. See page 8. Each $1.00
Glorious yellow and lavender blend, the gold of
the center extending almost to the tips of the stan-
dards and falls, which are pure lavender. A great
improvement on Candlelight, with less lavender,
larger blooms, and a stronger stem. Extra late.
A very beautiful, superb pink iris, with very
large, oval shaped flowers in a uniform shade of soft
pink, with deep gold beard. The stalks are almost
shoulder high, and in the English trial grounds at
Wisley it proved a sensation. American visitors at
the English shows were struck with its beauty. Dog-
rose was awarded the silver medal at the London
show when exhibited as a seedling in 1929.
See page 13. Each $2.00 ; three for $5.00
With the blended colorings of an intensified
Quaker Lady, and size, branching habit and height
comparable to the best, this Williamson introduction
has no superior in its class. As the Longfield cata-
logue states: "Eventually you will own Dolly .Madi-
son." It carries some of the shades found in the
new French varieties, Anne Marie Cayeux and Evo-
lution. Reliable everywhere, and certain to evoke
the admiration of all who see it. See cut on page 8.
Each 30c; three for 75c
Remindful of all that is pure, like the candles and
lilies at an Easter service. A creamier and heavier
white than Purissima, with a rich golden center,
flaunted on giant stalks that spring from broad
sword-like foliage of vivid green. A flowering speci-
men of this in one's garden is a sanctuary for all
visitors. Each $3.50
A grand iris of immense size and great substance,
enduring wind and rain, as well as a strong sun.
The flowers are of Mme. Gaudichau shape, but meas-
ure over five inches from top to bottom. Broad
standards, stiff and erect, of a livid bronzy-violet.
Palls very large, long and drooping, of deep velvety
maroon-purple, with black sheen. Bright gold beard.
Very little reticulation. A robust, free blooming,
very tall and well branched new English variety from
the firm of R. Wallace & Co. Each 50c
Giant blooms which always evoke exclamations
of surprise. A bicolor of light manganese violet, of
perfect shape and of excellent habit. Each 50c
Our best bet in autumn flowering irises. See
This delightfully ruffled flesh pink iris has re-
ceived two successive awards, and made a universal
hit last year when it flowered in various parts of the
country. It appears to have the delicate smoothness
of kid, and its rapid increase and great freedom of
bloom will be sure to make it a great favorite. About
the size and shape of Midgard ; of medium height.
See page 4. Each $1.00
A flower but little known, and one which is de-
serving of greater popularity. Of only medium size,
its dainty blossoms of pale primrose-yellow are deli-
cately edged and stained violet, and are produced
abundantly. Something different, Try it,
Each 35c; three for $1.00
A gorgeous variegata blend, in rich brown-yellow
and blackish maroon, with a yellow glow at the heart.
This iris is one of the foremost of all new introduc-
tions of the past three years, having been awarded an
H.M. of the AIS in 1932 when firs.t exhibited. Noth-
ing like it. Height 3 feet: Each $12.00
EOTHEN (Out of the East)
Soft, ivory-yellow, entirely overlaid buff, produc-
ing an effect of rich antique ivory. Typical Dominion
shape, the falls flaring widely, and with domed
standards. Large blooms, freely produced, make this
a marvel in the garden picture. Each $1.00
A self of rich, dark, bordeau red lightened by a
heavy gold beard. The big dusky flowers are freely
produced on very tall and well branched stalks. This
iris was produced by Dr. Loomis of Colorado Springs,
who gave us the popular Blue Velvet.
H. M. AIS 1930. Each $1.50 ; three for $4.00
Large, perfectly formed flowers of a blazing red-
dish tone. This iris, put on the market in 1932, has
created a stir equaled by few introductions in the
past twenty years. The reason is that many irises
with quite red falls possess standards of tan or violet
or lilac, but Ethel Peckham is a red self — the largest,
most brilliant, and most nearly red of all irises. One
stalk of bloom in the garden will draw instant atten-
tion ! H. M. AIS 1932. Each $15.00
A new outstanding pink, produced by E. G. Lap-
ham, of Elkhart, Indiana, and introduced in 1933. A
heavy flowering variety, it evoked the following com-
ments in the ATS Bulletin for October, 1933: "The
largest flower of any pink I have seen. A 'best seller'
in my garden. A larger flower than Pink Satin."
Deep pink in general effect, with lemon beard. Height
3 feet, See page 31. Each $1.50; three for $4.00
The Sass Brothers have given us, of late years, a
series of irises of the Ophelia type, ranging in tone
from deep yellow-browns to pale yellow-pinks. Eu-
phony is one of the most beautiful and distinct of all
this series. The standards are mustard yellow, waA r ed
and fluted, stained with light brown at the tips.
Falls are squarely held, mustard yellow, flushed with
blue in the central portion and overlaid soft brown.
This is a lovely and bright color harmony, and the
great freedom of bloom of this variety makes it a
heavy favorite. See color reproduction on page 32.
Each 30c ; three for 75c ; ten for $2.00
Pale copper-bronze self, with heavily frilled
standards. The falls are also copper-bronze, but are
overlaid blue and capped with a brilliant orange
beard. This is of French origination, and is one of
the most worthwhile irises we have had from that
master, Cayeux. Each $2.00
A seedling of Euphony, with the distinctive form
and size of that lovely ruffled variety. The difference
lies in the rich orange-cinnamon color of this new
variety — something new in the tan group. Very
bright and of wonderful carrying quality. 40 inches
tall. ' Each $8.00
Dependable anywhere, despite the fact that it was
originated in California and contains tender blood,
it is perfectly at home in Ohio, Minnesota, and New
England, as well as in the moist climate of the Pa-
cific Northwest, The color is a lively shade of
violet-pink, standards slightly lighter than the falls.
Its huge size and great height make it a leader in
any color class. Each 35c; 3 for 75c
The general effect is one of brilliant shrimp-pink,
with golden glints. This French introduction is of-
fered as a great improvement upon the fine variety
Marquisette, being a deeper shade. A very lovely
and unique novelty, at its best when established a
year. It increases rapidly. See page 12. Each $1.50
The finest white fall bloomer. See page 35.
A gay thing, indeed! A combination of richest
and brightest yellow and velvety ox-blood red falls.
A wonderful iris, with substance like leather. A
huge, glowing flower of bright red-purple, with a
fiery orange beard. Very fragrant.
Each 25c; three for 50c
A beautiful golden blend, tinged with bronze.
The ground color is soft buff, overlaid amber, the
falls somewhat deeper than the standards. These
same lovely golden brown tones are found in the
new French iris "Jean Cayeux", although the form
is different. Gilead is one of the finest of all Ameri-
can introductions, and possesses a unique color dis-
H. M., AIS 1932. Each $3.00
Described as an "ice blue self", this introduction
by Merton Gage was the outstanding new iris in New
England during the past two seasons. Critics in that
section waxed very enthusiastic when it was first
shown, and it was immediately awarded an H.M. of
the Iris Society. Of huge size, the pale blue petals
are entirely overlaid with frosty crystal-like par-
ticles. Wonderfully formed and surely a most noble
flower. Pew plants. Each $20.00
Free flowering j'ellow fall bloomer. See page 35.
Uniform yellow, of soft, smooth finish. This is one
of the most free flowering of the new tall yellows, the
numerous branches being heavily laden with blos-
soms. Very rapid of increase, it is a reliable and
showy garden subject. Each $1.00; three for $2.00
A very tall cream-yellow, with brilliant orange
beard, giving it a very striking appearance.
Introduced by Carl Salbach in 1931. Rich old
gold standards, set off by falls that are red violet in
the center and edged old gold. The style arms and
beard afford a further touch of gold. Blooms very
early and continues all through the season, the colors
growing richer as the season advances; 42 inches tall
and well branched. To me. this iris presented the
novel appearance of being fashioned out of brass,
because of the odd brass-yellow color effect. You
surely will like it. Each 40c; three for $1.00
Almost black-brown when first opening, this vel-
vety Dominion seedling holds first position in its
color class. The chocolate falls are figuratively set
on fire with the leaping brilliance of the orange-red
beards. It is one of the most popular among visitors
to our display gardens, and deservedly so. We now
have a large stock of fine big rhizomes. See page 24.
Each 75c ; three for $2.00
From advance reports, this is the greatest iris in-
troduction of the past decade. Described as a solid
uniform bright yellow, in size as large as the giant
El Capitan. and acclaimed by every iris critic who
has seen it. Surely it must have been a very happy
day when the originator, Sidney Mitchell, viewed the
first open blossom ! Each $17.50
Here is a real surprise ! Mr. Doub, the introducer,
sent three rhizomes to us for trial in 1932. In May of
last year they sent up ten bloom stalks, lighting the
garden like a bonfire. With standards of bright old
gold, it shades down to the fiery red falls, so bright
as to be almost startling. The flowers are only of
medium size, and form is not especially good, but for
lively color nothing else approaches it. Truly some-
thing different. Each $1.00; three for $2.00
The huge waxen standards are solid lemon yel-
low, the broad falls are delicate mauve, edged
canary yellow and blending into canary yellow at
the tnroat. An exquisite pale blend, the predominant
note being bright yellow. This iris is of very large
size, produced on vigorous stems, and M. Millet, the
French hybridist, regards it as his highest achieve-
ment. Each 50c; three for $1.25
Among the brightest and most free flowering of
the red group. The standards are rosy red, the falls
are very brilliant garnet-red and are held horizon-
tally. Planted with such pinkish toned varieties as
Frivolite it presents a most striking pure red effect.
A very smooth toned species of sky blue, — one
of the bluest of all irises. Petals have a peculiar
metalic lustre. Must have good drainage but is not
a difficult subject to grow. Each 50c ; 3 for $1.25
A new creamy pink, tall, with very large blos-
soms, of delightful perfume. The stems reach 40
inches in height. A Sass production, vigorous and
very free flowering. This does not carry any of the
yellow glow of most other pink toned irises.
But little known, this tawny blend of pale cinna-
mon and creamy buff is heavily ruffled and in form
is somewhat like the popular variety "Euphony".
Stock is exceedingly scarce.
Well named, for while classed as one of our su-
perior reds, it carries a bronzy overcast, being re-
garded by some critics as a red blend. At any rate,
Indian Chief is one of the most popular of the newer
things, and a credit to Doctor Ayres, its introducer.
The velvety falls are deep blood-red, blended with
bronze, and the standards are considerably lighter
in tone. A large flower, quite tall, and very well
branched. See page 8. Each 40c; three for $1.00
_ _ Raised by Dr. R. E. Kleinsorge,
I TAbCA Silver ton, Ore.
A positive self of the darkest, yet most vivid, deep
amethyst. It carries no veining whatsoever, and the
great depth of tone is intensified by a heavy brown
beard, underlaid with blue. The texture is like silk,
and the flowers are rounded in shape, with nicely
branched stalks 30 to 36 inches high. Robert Schrei-
ner, seeing this in flower in the originator's garden,
declared it to be one of the greatest and most distinct
irises turned out in recent years. See cover.
Certainly one of the most beautiful irises we have
ever flowered in our gardens. Likewise, it is one of
the most unusual in color — a soft, smooth, light buff,
described by some as "coffee colored" and by others
as Havana-brown. The form is perfect, as the accom-
panying illustration shows, and the size is larger than
average. It is splendidly branched, over three feet
tall, and flowers over a long season. Jean Cayeux has
been awarded a Certificate of Merit by the French
Horticultural Society, and in 1931 it won the Dykes
Medal for the finest iris of the year. It is listed in
Schreiner's "100 Super-Iris". Each $10.00
I ERRY Raised by Mr. E. G. Lapham,
' Elkhart. Ind.
"We take particular pleasure in being numbered
among the joint introducers of this perfectly formed,
extremely brilliant red iris. Mr. Lapham has a splen-
did reputation for quality in his previous introduc-
tions, and enthusiasts will find that Jerry is very
close to the reddest thing ever turned out in an iris.
Not only that, but the large rounded flowers are as
near perfection as could be desired. Height three
feet, rapid of increase, hardiness unquestioned. We
recommend it whole-heartedlv. Each $5.00
Exquisite blend of rose, old gold and maroon. Not
large, but very floriferous and especially lovely.
Each 25c ; three for 50c
Huge cream self, outstanding not only as an exhi-
bition spike, but as a garden specimen as well. The
broad, spreading, ivory textured blooms generally
come out in groups of three or four simultaneously,
and each stem will carry from twelve to fifteen flow-
ers. The spacing is perfect, as the photograph on
page 15 is a normal specimen and gives a clear idea
of the candelabra effect. An offspring of Dolly
Madison, its hardiness is beyond question. Four feet
in height. Each $10.00
This iris was introduced by Walter Timmerman.
of Kansas City, and although but little known, it is
certainly one of the very finest, large flowered, rose
pink varieties. The color slightly resembles Frieda
Mohr, but the flower is of an entirely different
shape, being more rounded and without the wide,
flaring falls. It is just a little lighter in tone, with a
pale yellow beard. Each 35c; three for $1.00
Clear golden standards and brilliantly contrast-
ing falls of velvety red, the latter especially wide and
heavy of texture. A red and yellow effect as com-
pared with the orange and brown of Crown Prince.
These two constitute the royal pair of variegatas.
A dotted and sanded plicata in apricot tones, with
specks of brown and red, giving it a unique and
attractive effect. A large flower ; late. Each 25c
One of the first of the tall bearded irises to
flower. Of a soft and beAvitehing tone of golden buff
overlaid garnet brown. The heavy beard is deepest
orange, and the entire center of the bloom is illumi-
nated with intense golden lights. Perfect in every
detail. Medium in height. Each 85c
One of the recent arrivals from England that was
heralded as a giant and improved Dominion. We
paid $50 for a single rhizome four years ago, but in
our garden it has failed to come up with such things
as Meldorie and Blue Velvet. For those who care to
try it. we offer our limited stock at —
One of the inherent qualities of the many new
Sass irises is the element of rich red-brown in the
various color schemes. This has been accomplished
through the use of King Tut in the various crosses,
and in spite of his almost countless progeny, the
King still remains the most brilliant of all, blazing in
the sunlight like a live ember. Easy to grow, a free
flowerer. Every iris grower should have it.
A great, heavily textured, perfectly Formed
flower in tones of deep mulberry, bronze and
brown. Xot brilliant, but remarkably rich and
sombre, suggesting a rare antique or valuable
Each 50c ; three for $1.00
Odd species with small raffled and fluted
blossoms in queer tones of copper flushed vio-
let. An early bloomer, about one foot in height.
Good drainage required. Each 50c ; 3 for $1.25
A genuine novelty as to color, being a deep
hellebore red, or russet - red, heavily veined
cream and buff. Very low growing, less than
20 inches. This variety is positively smothered
with flowers, and increases tremendously. A
French introduction, exceptionally valuable
for mass planting or to use in the foreground
of taller sorts. Each 25c; three for 50c
A deep garnet colored flower, overlaid with
a copper and bluish sheen. This unusual tone
has made Labor one of the best sellers of the
past two seasons. This iris crowds Opera out of
the picture, and is most effective as a clump
where its intense color can be displayed to
most advantage. Each 25c; three for 50c
The sensational new yellow seedling of W.
R. Dykes, produced by C. G. White, of Red-
lands. Calif. A really magnificent flower in
clear primrose yellow, with firm silken tex-
The year before this iris was introduced,
reports were broadcast over the country telling
of its existence, and last season when plants
became available, they were quickly snapped up
by an eagerly waiting clientele. It will prob-
ably be several seasons before the supply of
plants will be sufficient to permit a low price.
Our stock is limited, but we can deliver extra
fine rhizomes while they last. Order early.
A flower of coppery tones, shaded red. Strong
growing, with very fine large flowers abundantly
produced. It somewhat resembles Coppersmith, but
is more red and possibly a freer bloomer. Bold foliage
and tall stems. Makes an excellent and brilliant mass.
Each 25c; three for 53c
Really an unfound gem. because it lias received
almost no publicity and very few have ever seen or
heard of it. The flower is of extra fine form and
size, the stalks very tall and perfectly branched, and
it lasted over a long period. Color is a harmony of
wax yellow, mustard yellow, and citron yellow, the
falls delicately overlaid mauve. In a class with
Henri Riviere, Camelliard, and Gold Top, but having
characteristics all its own ; we regard it as the finest
of the lot. Each $2.75
At last the Iris lover may number
among his treasures golden - hued
flowers of majestic size, height, and
"finish." For years we have longed
for these, contenting ourselves with
the small blooms and short stems
of the only yellows then available.
But now . . . PHEBUS on the left,
CHROMYLLA below, ALTA
CALIFORNIA opposite, and such
things as PLUIE D'OR, CALIFOR-
NIA GOLD, HAPPY DAYS,
ALCHEMY, LADY PARA-
MOUNT, and many others, dot
the pages throughout this catalog.
They will bring brightness and rich-
ness into your garden.
A very deep red-brown, with glowing orange
beard. The standards are overlaid bronze. A browner
and richer Ambassaduer ; a really great iris.
Each 25c ; three for 50c
A huge flower of the Cardinal type; rich deep
claret falls, seemingly of pure velvet, and standards
of deep blue, slightly bronzed. The color combination
is a bit like that in Sir Michael, although Legend is
considerably darker all around. The flowers are en-
livened by a heavy gold beard. Here is one of the
largest and most majestic irises in commerce today,
with every possible good point, and the price is
reasonable for such a new introduction. From the
Wareham collection in Cincinnati. One of Schreiner's
"100 Super-Iris". Shown on page 28. Each $1.50
One of the last to flower, this bright combination
of glittering yellow standards and very dark brown-
ish falls is a real "high light" in any garden. Flowers
are of perfect formation, lavishly produced. Height
about two and a half feet. Very small rhizomes al-
ways. Each 50c
LOETITI A MICHAUD
Gigantic in size, perfect in every detail, this iris
retains its popularity in spite of numerous compet-
itors. Of an even tone of soft lobelia-blue, a little
deeper than the blue of the sky, a light yellow beard
for contrast. This ofttimes grows shoulder high, and
is one of the many irises classed as tender that can
be depended upon to thrive in almost any section of
the country. Among the indispensables.
Each 25c ; three for 50c
Sister seedling of the wonderful plieata San Fran-
cisco. A giant in size, snowy white, with faint edg-
ings of lavender-blue. Splendid stalks were on ex-
hibit in the St. Paul iris show, and it was growing
and blooming lustily in the Schreiner garden in that
city, indicating that it is really quite hardy when
once acclimated. Each 60c ; three for $1.25
Very deep amethyst-violet, a shade not compar-
able to any other iris. Very free blooming, with
flowers better than average size. This is another
variety which makes a grand showing on a two-year
clump, and especially when planted adjacent to pink
or vellow. Each 50c
Wonderful giant blue, with velvety falls. A can-
didate for "the world's largest iris", the stalks tower-
ing to almost five feet in some instances, and with the
largest foliage of any bearded iris we have. The group
of about a dozen clumps pictured on page 19 was a
real attention getter in our display garden in 1934.
As the name implies, a grand thing of monster
size ; a bright, glowing red violet, with throat over-
laid soft brown. The standards are lighter in tone,
almost pink, and exceptionally broad. A most im-
pressive variety. Each 25c
M. A. PORTER
A very large seedling produced by E. G. Lapham,
of Elkhart, Ind. Standards are close to Gaudichau
in color, with much darker falls. A very deep violet
of heavy substance, with brilliant orange beard. The
growth of stem and leaf is very rampant, indicative
of its vigor and size. Each $1.00 ; three for $2.50
A well named iris in brilliant luminous ivory
yellow and ochraceous maroon. The standards are
ivory deepening to sulphur at the base ; the falls are
of the same color but are heavily and entirely lined
with dark but brilliant maroon, giving to the flower
a most striking and novel appearance. Limited stock.
An odd tone of "shrimp pink". This is slightly
similar to Frivolite, except that it is several shades
lighter and lacks the golden sheen of this newer sort.
Marquisette is most effective when established as a
two-year clump. Each 40c ; three for $1.00
A beautiful clear blue self with exceptionally
brilliant center. This is a free blooming sort, and
gives a very remarkable pale blue splash of color.
Each 25c; three for 50c
In the forefront of American introductions dur-
ing the past two or three seasons, and for that matter,
one of the finest and most distinct irises of all time.
The color is light ochraceous salmon, the falls stained
deeper. In our garden it has always exhibited 4-way
branching habit, and is one of our longest lasting
varieties. Very little stock available anywhere in the
country. Awarded an A. M. at Wisley, England, in
1933. Shown on page 27. Each $3.00
Huge mauve blend, a sort of ashes of roses com-
bination, with golden beard to relieve the sombreness.
Produced by the great Frenchman, Millet, this iris
was named for the foremost iris critic in Italy. We do
not have anything near this color in our entire collec-
tion, and stock is offered by very few growers.
A blend of pink and yellow, with an underlying
cast of pale blue. A self in effect, although the stan-
dards are slightly lighter and reflect the glints of
dust-like golden particles. A very large iris, quite
early, on stems from 30 to 36 inches tall. With the
sun on it, or through it, Mehama is one of the most
enchanting things in the garden. See page 5.
The deep velvet-maroon flowers leave nothing
to ask for in either size, shape, or all-round iris per-
fection. My own color description would be "a self
of velvety-garnet, with beard of bronze-yellow."
Melchior was introduced in England as an improved
Mrs. Valerie West, but with us it is distinctly dif-
ferent, and we personally regard it as one of the
world's very best. Each 40c ; three for $1.00
The popularity of this iris last season bears out
our contention of the past two years that no other
dark colored iris surpasses it. Originally introduced
at a high price, because of limited stock, it was cata-
logued at a very reasonable figure in 1934 and the
immediate demand depleted our stock within three
weeks. We could have sold three times the amount of
stock we had. As a result we are very shy of rhizomes
for this season, and we urge all who desire it now to
order at once.
Since its introduction, Meldoric has had increased
laurels of all kinds heaped upon it : an H. M. of the
AIS in 1931, selection for trial at Wisley in England
in 1933 and a resultant highest award there in 1934,
and inclusion in Schreiner's "100 Super Iris" during
the past two seasons. See page 20. Each $2.50
Beautiful tall white, with golden beard. A clear
white of large size, and very desirable. Each 30c
When this lovely beauty was first shown, it cre-
ated a furore, because the yellow-pink blended flow-
ers introduced a new color note, and the ruffled
petals were an added touch of distinction. It has
proven to be one of the most reliable varieties for
severe climates, besides being a very free bloomer
and rapid multiplier. No iris since the introduction of
Morning Splendor has been so universally popular.
Especially lovely under artificial light, and unsur-
passed for massed planting on the landscape. See
page 32. Each 25c ; three for 50c ; $1.50 per 10
MINISTRE FERNAND DAVID
A masterpiece in deep, rich, dark purple. This
recent French introduction received much praise
when first seen in Mrs. Pattison's garden at Free-
port, 111. A huge, well shaped flower, that has been
awarded many certificates and prizes abroad.
MABEL TAFT — The Giant Among Irises
Note the massive stalks and bold, handsome
foliage. A Dominion seedling, the great
Rowers are Finely proportioned and rich in
texture. For those seeking something of
astonishing size combined with beauty, we
invite attention to this impressive violet blue.
"I received my order of iris, two collec-
tions, in fine condition. I was astounded
at the size and quality of the rhizomes,
and I am sure that there are no finer
A. R. Blue,
2324 W. Union St.,
Blue Island, III.
"I wish to let you know the Iris Rhizomes
arrived in splendid condition. They are
certainly_a fine looking lot of plants, and
I am quite sure I will be back for more
59 Wilson Ave.,
St. Thomas, Ont.
Ministre F. David
A very fine large yellow, containing some Meso-
potamia blood, but reasonably easy to grow. Tbe
flowers are of large size, well formed, slightly
rounded, and there are no markings to detract from
the solid golden yellow color. Rich yellow beard.
Three feet in height. Each 50c
One of the most unusual and most beautiful irises
in the world, a blend of pale buff and creamy laven-
der, marked old gold. A heavy flowerer, fine in every
way, but rather tender in cold sections where it
should have protection and perfect drainage.
Each 30c ; three for 75c
Very early dark violet blue self, with heavy gold
beard. Perfect in form and substance and of velvety
texture. Very fragrant. Each 25c
Deep purple, almost black when first opening. A
huge, very impressive flower of the original Domin-
ion seedling set. Heavy stalks, 40 inches tall.
Each 30c ; three for 75c
Dark bronzed red-purple, a very deep tone of
mulberry, stained with dregs of wine. The broad,
velvety falls are edged with the lighter tone of the
standards. Another of the Mitchell giants from Cal-
ifornia, with all good points, reaching a height of
four feet. Each 30c ; three for 75c
This little gem, a medley of deep pink, cinnamon
and red-brown, is perfect in every detail, and one of
the very best for planting in the foreground of taller
sorts. The bright brick-red effect is enlivened by a
brilliant orange beard. Very rapid of increase, mak-
ing a mass of bloom. Each 25c ; three for 50c
The finest May-flowering (intermediate) iris in
commerce with blooms which are above the average
size for this group. Of fine substance and good form,
a clear, pure, sulphur yellow self with no markings.
Height about two feet. Excellent for planting to
flower with the tulips. Each 25c
One of the earliest, a giant white with green and
gold reticulations. Very heavy gold beard. Each 25c
Of a general buff -yellow tone, smooth and creamy
in texture, of wonderful form. The stalks are freely
produced, low and widely branched. An iris of rare
H. M. AIS 1932. Each 85c
A much brighter flower than Morning Splendor,
a fine grower, and exceedingly effective as a garden
clump. The glittering golden beard enhances its
brilliancy. Each $1.25
Certainly among the best no matter what the
price. A huge flower of crimson or wine color, per-
fect in every detail. Has received many awards and
is surpassed by nothing in its color class.
Each 25c; per dozen $1.50
An indescribable medley of fawn and old gold,
equally suffused in the standards, and the falls en-
tirely overlaid with varying shades of violet. Novel
in shape as well as in color ; a blend of pastoral tints
that invites close inspection. Very late, medium in
size, thirty inches tall. See page 4. Each $7.50
MRS. HERBERT HOOVER
One of the new pink or near-pink varieties. The
standards are old rose, lightly tinged with bronze,
and are broad and ruffled. Falls are a deeper rose,
with midrib of turquoise blue. The center of the
flower is lit with a most brilliant beard and style
arms. Exceptionally free flowering and rapid of in-
crease. Stems are tall and well branched. In a class
with Frivolite and Marquisette ; between the two in
general color effect. See page 13.
Each $1.50 ; three for $4.00
MRS. MARION CRAN
One of the finest pink-toned iris ever introduced.
Exceptionally tall, with large, well-formed flowers
of bright rose-pink. This is the true variety, not to
be confused with "Marion Cran".
Each 25c; three for 50c
MRS. VALERIE WEST
The rich brown-reds of Bruno and the plush crim-
son of Cardinal combined into one gigantic flower —
the crowning achievement of the great Bliss, who
gave us Dominion and the long line of its famous
progeny. The broad foliage is handsomely curved,
lending a distinctive note, and the heavy stalks are
widely branched. The enormous blossoms are pro-
duced in great profusion, completing all the desirable
features anyone could ask for in a truly world famous
iris. We have accumulated one of the largest stocks
of this variety in existence, and offer it at an attrac-
tive price. See page 25. Each 60c ; three for $1.00
Deep brown in effect, although the standards are
purplish-buff. Falls very dark garnet brown. Very
tall for an iris of this color, attaining 4 feet or over.
Deep golden yellow, with prominent veinings of
reddish brown in the falls. A good sized flower,
slightly ruffled. Each 40c
One of the recent productions of Dr. Ayres, of
Cincinnati. A most lovely and unusual blend, unlike
anything now in commerce. The standards are pure
bronzy buff, extra large, and nicely domed. The
flaring falls are of a smooth, warm buff, overlaid
with iridescent very pale blue. This blue shading is
deepest near the center and gradually fades to pale
buff at the margin. Gigantic in stature, being up to
46 inches tall. Each $3.00
Here is one of the latest sensations from those
popular hybridizers, the Sass Brothers. A melting
creamy pink, exceptionally ruffled, much more so
than Midgard, and larger than this popular variety.
Stock of Noweta is still very scarce, and as was the
case last season, it is likely to be a sell-out before
summer is far along. Everyone who sees it wants this
frilly, pinky, fluffy-ruffled dainty newcomer.
Deep but bright garnet red, of a uniform shade in
both standards and falls. More uniform in color
than Dauntless; not as large nor as tall, however.
Free blooming, and gives a fine red note in the gar-
den. Very late. Each 60c ; three for $1.50
One of the magnificent seedlings introduced by
Col. Nicholls of Ithaca, N. Y. Standards deep brown,
with a hint of violet, very large, circular and domed.
Falls very deep black-brown with a red undertone.
Yellow beard. Of the Grace Sturtevant type, but a
larger flower with better substance and much finer
standards. A wonderful new iris that is sure to
attract instant attention. Each $2.50
Lovely old rose and yellow blend, a very luminous
flower, tall and stately. Introduced by Mrs. Thos.
Nesmith of Lowell, Mass. Flowers of large size,
about three feet in height. Each 40c
Rich wine red autumn bloomer. See page 35.
A beautiful coral-red self, with orange beard,
producing a very striking contrast. Blooms are extra
large and of lovely rounded form. The color effect
is deep and brilliant pink, rather than red. and the
petals have a glistening and fragile appearance, al-
though on the contrary they stand up perfectly. A
considerable novelty in color, and one of Sass's finest.
Height about 30 inches. Each 35c ; three for 90c
A very lovely blend of soft pink and yellow. A
single stalk gives but a faint idea of the beauty of
this flower; as a clump it is truly stunning. Our
stock is limited, but we can equally recommend "Day
Dream", a flower of the same type and color effect.
Each 50c ; three for $1.25
A blend of cream, old gold, pink, and pale blue,
difficult to at once describe, but one of the loveliest
of all irises. A beautiful variety under artificial
light. Each 25c; three for 50c
Large flowers, abundantly produced, in pale lav-
ender, lighter at edges of the falls. Very prominent
fuzzy beard. Each 35c
A California introduction that bears quite a close
resemblance to the famous Persia, having the same
smoky blue and bronzy purple combination of tones.
Tall, with heavy foliage and enormous blooms. The
amber beard and style arms lend enrichment to the
color note. Each 35c ; three for 70c
A warm and bright blend of peach, apricot, and
orange. Not so deep in color as Clara Noyes, and with
more creamy markings in the falls. One of the most
prolific flowering varieties, with very heavily ruffled
blossoms. Peaches is a very recently introduced va-
riety and stock is still very scarce.
Each $1.25; three for $3.00
A magnificent iris of very bright mahogany red.
One of the very largest, and of wonderful effect with
its bright red color and heavy gold beard.
One of Dr. Ayres' masterpieces. Blended shades
of pale blue, lavender, grey, and bronze, with a
smoky veil enveloping the entire flower. Massive
blooms in great abundance, with many tall and
splendidly branched stalks. A well named variety
that will prove an asset in any iris garden.
Each $1.25; three for $3.00
A pogo-regelia hybrid superior to anything of its
type. Bishop's purple veined with madder violet, the
heft veined seal-brown. Said to be a more easy doer
than others in this class, and to reach a height of
three feet, Very few plants for sale. Each $2.50
A new yellow from Cayeux. Unlike Pluie d'Or,
this iris is a uniform shade of lemon yellow, abso-
lutely pure. Fine rounded flower of good size, over
three feet tall. The lemon color introduces a new
tone in iris of this class. Phebus was the high spot
in French introductions in 1030, and was priced at
one thousand francs. It is a very rapid increaser.
Shown on page 16. Each $1.00 ; three for $2.50
A sister seedling of Pink Satin, of much greater
size and half again as tall. The blossoms are lilac-
pink, self colored, and abundantly produced, al-
though the tall stems are short branched. However,
the blooms appear all along the stalks, so that the
lack of branches is not apparent in the garden pic-
ture. Very beautiful, and a bargain at the price.
Finest of all American pink irises. Jacob Sass
raised dozens of excellent pink seedlings, and this
one was deemed as most outstanding of all. The color
is a very delicate and smooth, yet glistening and
brilliant, pink without the usual rose or purplish
cast. The stalks are tall and slender, with blooms of
large size. Very rapid of increase, and of course
perfectly hardy. Each $2.50
VE HUS DE KAILO
Mrs. Valerie West
or your choice o
From this list,
Venus de Milo
M. A. Porter
PLUIE D'OR (Golden Rain)
A beautiful iris, on slender, perfectly branched
stems well over three feet tall. Fine rounded flowers
of solid golden yellow, with deep yellow beard. Win-
ner of the Dykes medal in France, it has proven an
outstanding variety of this color both in Europe and
America, reliable as to hardiness, rapid of increase,
and very free flowering.
Each 35c; three for $1.00; $2.50 per 10
A very lovely pastel blend, which at one time
bore the appropriate name of "Apparition". When
Mr. Mead saw it blooming in France, he described
the color as "a lavender-blue elephant tone", suf-
fused with bronze. A huge flower, the stalks splen-
didly branched to 4 feet tall.
Standards are pale buff, with faint bluish and
slightly rosy east. Falls, wide and flaring lavender-
blue with buffy yellow suffusion paling at the mar-
gins. Beard golden yellow. See page 21.
Each $2.50 ; three for $6.00
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, in California
or in the South, by all means add this glorious white
to your collection ! Nothing that grows can compare
with it when flowered under congenial conditions.
Growers in colder and wetter sections of the coun-
try can also succeed with it, but it must have win-
ter protection except in warm climates. A normally
flowered stalk of Purissima is a never-to-be-forgot-
ten sight, Each 50c ; three for $1.25
A warm pastel effect in pinkish lavender, with
style branches, beard and hafts all flushed yellow.
Somewhat the coloring of the old Afterglow, but
twice as large. Sometimes blooms in fall in Cali-
fornia. Each 35c
The 1932 Dykes Medal winner in America. A
symphony in rose, pink, and buff, shading to yellow
near the edges, and with a yellow glow at the heart.
Heavy apricot beard. 36 inches and over in height,
gracefully branched. This is the first year this famous
iris has been available at a popular price. Shown in
color on page 25. Each 75c ; three for $2.00
A deep velvety garnet-red, produced by Dr. Ayres.
While the standards are a shade lighter than the
falls, it is practically a self in effect — a piece of rich
red velvet. The buds are particularly striking.
H. M. AIS 1931. Each $3.00
An enormous bloom of perfect shape and habit,
considered by Col. Nicholls as the finest iris he has
ever turned out. Standards deep petunia-violet,
domed. Falls deep red-violet, uniformly colored to
the edge. Yellow beard. The flower is of splendid
rounded shape, a brilliant, glowing iris that lights
up in the garden like a huge ruby. H. M. AIS 1932.
One of the Sass varieties in bright reddish-brown.
A perfectly formed flower of splendid size, three feet
in height, of unquestioned hardiness and reliability.
Something of the coloring found in the old Iso-
line, but a flower of highest merit and stateliness.
Tawny light violet, overlaid buff. This seedling from
the Longfield Iris Farm has never been accorded the
popularity it deserves.
Each 40c; three for $1.00
A pink of the utmost beauty and distinction. To
see it is to want it. Petals are edged with silver.
Each 35c; three for $1.00
There is a dearth of irises with white standards
and blue falls, but this ranks at the very top. The
falls are edged with Avhite, lending a gay note. This
is the tallest as well as the largest in" this color group,
and in addition is a vigorous grower. Each 50c
A Williamson introduction of high merit, the
name of which means "Rising Sun". Like our old and
true friend, Morning Splendor, this iris needs to be
seen with the sun behind it to appear at its best. Then
the rosy standards and the rich red-purple falls take
on a magnificence and splendor that is a joy to
behold. Each 40c ; three for $1.00
An outstanding red from California, of huge size,
excellent branching habit, and four feet in height,
Standards are deep glistening rose, falls deep
maroon of heavy velvety texture. The finest red
among Mohr-Mitchell introductions.
Each $2.50 ; three for $6.00
Another outstanding American introduction. An
orange-bronze blend, flushed copper red. This is a
particularly vivid iris, and is invaluable for garden
effect. One of the newer shades that is largely
responsible for the growing popularity of the iris.
Vigorous in growth, hardy, and over three feet tall.
A glorified King Tut, grown by Dr. Loomis. Glori-
ous in richest tones of red-brown, of heavy velvety
texture. Falls are especially brilliant. Each $1.75
A plicata of the San Francisco type, but with
reddish brown dots and reticulations instead of the
usual blue or lavender. Ground color is a creamy
white. A very tall variety, the large flowers being
produced on well branched stems. This is another
iris which was given one of the highest awards of
the Iris Society in 1931, an H. M. It is probably
even more dependable in unfavorable climates than
are many of the other California productions.
Each 75c ; three for $2.00
Mary Geddes Imperial Blush Alta California
Jean Cayeux Marquita Jerry
Ningal W. R. Dykes Theodolinda
Red Robe Red Dominion
A dark and swarthy giant,
a masterpiece of sculptural
perfection, and a marvel
of beauty and luxurious
Everywhere Legend is
being accorded recogni-
tion as the most worthy of
all the great Wareham
irises. Dr. Harry Everett,
new President of the Am-
erican Iris Society, in the
Bulletin forOctober,1 934,
declares this to be the
most outstanding new iris
he saw last year.
Described in detail on
page 17 and offered in
the collection on page 12
Monster blue, a seedling of Mine. Gaudichau, with
the Mesopotamia qualities of height and large size.
The color is a uniform shade of deep blue, with rich
yellow beard. Awarded an H. M. by the American
Iris Society in 1931. Each 50c; three for $1.25
A four-foot plicata that has been awarded the
Dykes medal by the American Iris Society. No other
plicata approaches it in size and grandeur, heaviness
of texture, or low and wide branching habit. While in
the past we have suggested that it is not an iris for
severe climates, the experience of many growers in
the mid-West and New England in flowering it suc-
cessfully, leads us to suggest that it probably is
hardier than at first suspected.
Each 50c; three for $1.25
SAN LOUIS REY
On the order of Opera, but twice the size, and
borne on beautifully branched stalks over three feet
high. Center of the fall shades from red-purple into
soft brown, with practically no veining, and a bright
orange beard sets it off. Each 25c; three for 50c
Here we have an iris which approaches perfec-
tion in the shape and size of its flowers, and in addi-
tion is possibly the finest and clearest lavender-blue
so far introduced. The exhibition rating of 91 is well
deserved. Having been in commerce sufficiently long
to become fairly plentiful, it can now be bought at
the following surprisingly low prices :
Each 25c; three for 50c; ten for $1.50
A fine ruffled flower of coppery-old rose; with
brilliant orange beard. Very free producer of flow-
ers, creating a splendid and quite different color
mass. A fine companion to such things as Boadicea,
Talisman, Evolution, Euphony, and Midgard.
A pure white of large size and lovely form, and
of extra heavy substance. Introduced by Mr. Con-
nell, the man who gave us the famous Dauntless.
This variety was named for "The Moon Goddess".
Introduced by the Orpington Nurseries in Eng
land, tins richly colored iris stands out as the red-
dest yet to come from that country. With blooms
larger than the best of the Dominion race, it carries
its brilliant claret-red flowers on strongly branched
stems, and is so highly regarded in England that it is
rated at 91. Each 85c
A clear and crisp self of cornflower blue, (dean
cut in form, extra large, perfect in every way. There
has never been a season thus far that we have not run
out of stock of this variety. This year we have an
especially fine and extensive planting of it. Sensa-
tion, the peer of all the blue irises, is shown in color
on page 25. Each 75c; three for $2.00
With the same glowing soft brown and yellow
tones found in the rare rug of this same name, this
iris possesses an exquisite velvetyness and brilliance
equaled by few flowers. Some of our finest pansies
rival it. but seldom do we find an iris so alive and yet
with such depth of tone. A seedling from the hand of
Dr. Loomis, the originator of the famous Blue Velvet.
Of medium height. Stork limited. Each $5.00
Although this iris was introduced in England
only recently, we were fortunate enough to secure
it four years ago, and now have a large supply
of well-grown plants. The color and form somewhat
resemble Bruno, but is both more brilliant and cop-
pery. Of largest size, on heavy stems, with broad
foliage. It bloomed in the fall in our gardens.
Each 30c; three for 75c
Unquestionably the finest blue and purple bicolor
in the world. Standards are clear blue, falls deep
rich mahogany, with a beard of red-gold. Regarded
as the finest iris ever to come from England and a
sensation wherever shown. In our own wet North-
west, in dry and sunny California, and in Nebraska,
Ohio, and the colder Minnesota and New England,
we found it blooming equally well. A super iris, if
ever there was one. See page 125.
Each 60c; three for $1.40
A beautiful blend of the Mme. Durrand type.
Standards are olive-buff, shading to sulphine yellow
at the base. Falls lilac in the center, quickly shading
out to the color of the standards. A fine large flower
that is an excellent substitute where Mme. Durrand
is tender. Each 40c
The finest and newest yellow fall bloomer. These
are listed and fully described on page 35.
Clear rose pink, with honey yellow flush through
the center. Flower stalks are almost four feet high,
strong, and well branched. The lovely fresh color-
ing, large size, and exquisite form, combine to make
it one of the finest in our list.
H.M., A IS 1932. Each $3.00
Another May-flowering (intermediate) type of
iris. A rich, deep, canary yellow self, with standards
and falls of identical tone and without markings. A
fine companion for Darwin and Cottage tulips.
Each 25c ; three for 50c
A most luminous, tall yellow from Miss Sturte-
vant, large in size, and of extra good garden effect.
The color is quite light, between cream and straw,
with a beard of fiery orange-red. Free blooming and
a tremendous increaser. This iris has been awarded
an Honorable Mention by the American Iris Society
when exhibited as a seedling. Extra late.
Each 40c ; three for $1.00
One of the original deep blue Dominions, con-
sidered by some as the best of all. A very rich and
velvety dark blue, with heavy gold beard. Tall, with
excellent branching habit. Very late, being one of the
last to flower. Each 50c
To those who know the Talisman rose, it need
only be suggested that this iris is worthy of the
name. The whole flower is a rich golden yellow suf-
fused with peach-pink, more deeply in the falls than
in the standards. There is an electric blue flush down
the center of the falls, and the haft is reticulated
bronze. Three feet tall ; deliciously scented. From
the Orpington Nurseries in England.
A gigantic plicata comparable to the famous pair
from California — San Francisco and Los Angeles.
However, this new seedling is a product from the
gardens of Dr. Ayres of Cincinnati, and is therefore
perfectly hardy anywhere.
Monster blue, flushed heliotrope, on stems
up to four feet in height. The intense orange
beard is a salient feature. This is our own intro-
duction, and Ave are proud of the fact that it
has been well received in all sections of the
country. A fit companion to such blues as Santa
Barbara, Loetitia Michaud, and Duchess Sarah.
Bold foliage, almost evergreen.
Each 35c ; three for 75c
A red iris with tan standards, the falls appearing
more nearly true red than any other iris we have
seen. A heavy blooming Wareham seedling with very
large well formed blossoms. It bears our sincere
recommendation. Each $3.00
A very striking flower in combinations of bronzy
tan and straw yellow. Crests are unusually long, of
bright brown, and the flowers are Well held on stems
reaching 40 inches in height. Probably the most pop-
ular iris among Dr. Ayres 1934 new ones. Only a few
rhizomes available. Each $20.00
With standards of dull yellow overlaid soft
orange-red, and falls of orange-red embellished with
a golden beard, the introducer tells us that this bril-
liant iris calls to mind the berry of the bittersweet,
after it has been touched by frost ! The imagination
needs but little prodding to envision the landscape
value of such a flower. Of medium size, but on 38-
inch stalks, well branched. A great favorite at the
Freeport Iris Show. H..M. AIS 1933. Each $15.00
An introduction from the Longfield Iris Farm,
from whence came Dolly Madison and Rosakura.
This one is a distinct shade of reddish-gold, a deeper
colored flower than Vesper Gold. Falls squarely held.
vy^l^Qp^ Each 50c ; three for $1.25
This remarkable flower was one of the sensations
in the East last season, and every critic who saw it
flower was enthusiastic over it. Col. Nichols, of
Ithaca, N. Y., the introducer, thinks it his highest
achievement thus far. In general effect Valor is a
deep blackish blue violet bicolor. similar in some
respects to Sir Michael, but a larger flower and with
domed standards. One of the tallest of all varieties ;
very fragrant. H. M. AIS 1932. Each $2.50
Brilliant coppery red, with copper-fawn stand-
ards. A giant sort that has the habit of putting up
from two to four huge stalks from each rhizome. The
falls are edged with the lighter fawn color of the
standards, and the haft is beautifully marked with
cream and brown. This variety is not only a striking
exhibition flower, but it has extra good carrying
quality, and the four-foot spikes dominate the gar-
den. Another Dykes medal winner.
Each $1.50 ; three for $3.50
Strikingly pink in color effect.
The largest in this color group
in our entire collection. Page
1 gives price and description.
A Dozen (any 12)
A Score (any 20)
Every one a gem for the beginner
with iris. All different — correctly
labeled — postpaid — and, best of
all, real quality plants; not the
nubbins so often sent out by some
growers at bargain rates:
C. E. Stringer
San Louis Rey
Mrs. Marion Cran
Detailed descriptions of each of the above will he found in the preceding pages.
Just imagine what a glorious array may be yours for such a modest expenditure!
Every one labeled, and if you have never bought Cooley's Oregon grown Irises, you
will be pleasantly surprised when you open the package and see the vast difference
betiueen these and ordinary iris rhizomes.
A subtle blend of monster size, smoky mul-
berry in general color effect, with the center of
the fall intensely colored, passing out to the
smoky tones of the standards. This variety
calls to mind Dr. Ayres' famous "Persia", but
the dominant note is dull red instead of dull
blue. TAPESTRY is a favorite of Mrs. Ayres,
who admired it especially as a cut flower in
Each $1.00; three for $2.50
VENUS DE MILO
Out of perhaps a dozen superb whites, all large,
tall, and in varying degrees of purity and color, this
one has been selected as the best. It is an absolutely
clear white, of a warm creamy tone, with a yellow
beard. In size it is much larger than any hardy white
we have seen, with exception of Wambliska, which
has a distinct blue flush in the standards. VENUS
DE MILO has petals of extra heavy texture; in fact,
it stood up better in a 90-degree sun than any other
iris in our garden. H. M. 1932. See page 24.
Each $1.00; three for $2.50
The huge white self, raised by Jacob Sass of
Omaha, Nebraska. Few irises in existence are larger
in size, and it flowers abundantly on four-foot
sturdy stems. A faint blue flush at the base of the
standards gives it a cool appearance, rather than
the warm effect of creamy whites like Purissima,
Michelline Charraire, etc. Each $1.00
Solid wedgewood blue, with white beard. A very
effective iris where a real blue tone is desired.
Each 25c; three for 50c
This gigantic blue-black came into the limelight
last season when it drew attention and high honors at
the national AIS meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska. Of
smooth finish, extra heavy substance, and with very
broad segments. Each $1.50
This strange and beautiful hybrid is named for
one of the world's most famous hybridizers, and is
considered as his greatest piece of work. The entire
bloom is a self color of pale lilac, closely netted and
veined with deep violet, producing a weird, yet very
lovely effect. In some ways it resembles the variety
"Susiana", but lacks the dullness of this older sort,
and is not at all difficult to grow. A monster flower,
produced on stems up to 30 inches tall. See page 30.
Each 50c; three for $1.00
Here is the darkest, richest, and largest, of all the
very deep blends. The velvety purple-brown texture
extends clear into the throat, and were it not for the
somewhat short stem, we would be inclined to rank
this ahead of any dark iris that grows. However, the
foliage is very bold and the stalks are heavy and in
keeping with the size of the blooms. Height is the
sole limitation — about 28 inches. Each $5.00
W. R. DYKES
The famous yellow that set the iris world agog a
few years ago, when there were no large solid yellow
varieties in existence. It still has no counterpart, for
the crepey texture and broad hanging falls are un-
matched by any of the newer irises. In some seasons
and in some localities a few purple spots or streaks
appear on some of the blossoms, but this does not in
the least manner mar their attractiveness. The color
is deepest golden yellow. While cold temperatures do
not seem to harm the plant, it demands perfect drain-
age. Each $2.00
Most unusual in color, an odd blend of soft amber,
buff, yellow, fawn and pale violet. The combined
effect has been referred to as "biscuit" colored. This
is ;m English origination, and one of the most popu-
lar sorts we have had from abroad. It is a free bloom-
er, with tall slender stems and flowers above average
in size. This is the first year we have had any quan-
tity of stock. Each $2.00
A glorious, glowing red-brown, overlaid with
a coppery suffusion. Very early, but with so
many buds to the stalk that it lasts well into
the season. The falls are a brilliant red when
seen with the sun's rays through them, and the
standards seem as if sprinkled with gold dust.
Large in size, well branched, and about 40
inches in height. See cut on page 12.
Each $1.00; three for $2.50
The color group shown includes
PURISSIMA, the taller one in
the background, and as clean
and white as marble,- EOTHEN,
in the foreground, soft antique
ivory; DOGROSE at the right,
in old rose-pink.
Myriads of similar and contrast-
ing color combinations are at
the gardener's command. Wait-
ing a year to see the result of
one's planting adds zest to the
venture ! Then each succeeding
season will provide more bloom,
a greater abundance of color, a
more vivid picture.
Fall blooming irises have been rapidly
coming into prominence, especially with
the advent of new colors and better varieties.
Time was when any old iris, no matter
how lacking in form, clarity of color, or
other desirable features, was in popular
demand if it exhibited fall blooming ten-
But here we have the crisp, icy loveliness
of "Frost Queen," the rich velvety depth
of "Eleanor Roosevelt," "October Opera"
with its brilliant large flowers of wine red,
and many others, including the Dwarfs
"Ultra" and "Neola." Oh, yes, and then
there's "Southland," that wonderful deep
yellow, and "Autumn Dawn," in blended
pink and yellow, something like "Mid-
These, and the several additional sorts
listed, should make a fine addition to any-
one's Autumn garden. They are the latest
vogue in irisdom.
Deep fltiorite purple self, with very rich falls. The
opening flower is almost black, and the heavy bine
beard tends to increase the depth of color. This is
the leading fall-blooming iris in commerce today, be-
cause it increases very fast, is most reliable in flower-
ing habit, and is one of the most beautiful irises in
the garden regardless of its added value as a re-
bloomer. We have built up a wonderful stock and can
offer it at a reasonable price this season.
Each $1.50 ; three for $4.00
Frosty white, exceptionally free bloomer, and of
perfect form. This has proven very dependable as a
re-bloomer in Kansas. Nebraska, and Tennessee, as
well as on the Pacific Coast. A succession of new
bloom stalks follow each other throughout the fall.
Each $2.00 ; three for $5.00
Standards olive yellow, tinted blue at the base;
falls citron yellow, tinted blue near the haft. This
introduces a bright and cheerful note in the fall gar-
den, and is the one yellow autumn flowering iris that
is obtainable at a low price.
Each 50c; three for $1.25
A new departure in color in the dwarf group; a
beautiful brown toned blend. This flowered splen-
didly in our gardens last autumn. Although a rapid
inereaser. our supply of stock is limited.
Each 50c; three for $1.00
A fine big glowing red. along the lines of Indian
Chief. This is the first season this new autumn flow-
ering iris has boen offered. Each $10.00
A new color in autumn flowering sorts, a rich
wine-red. It is brighter than the old Opera, much
larger, and is also taller. This is a fine grower, and in
the fall of 1934 in our garden it was covered with
flowers. Of course it also blooms in the spring, with
the intermediates. Each $3.00 ; three for $7.50
The Sass Brothers have given us most of our
autumn flowering irises, and now we are indebted to
them for this fine big yellow. The color is deep lemon
chrome, with flowers of large size and thick heavy
substance. Flaring falls and domed standards, the
stems low branched. Vigorous in growth, two feet
tall. Each $15.00
AUTUMN DAWN ULTRA
A bright blend of old gold and pink — certainly an Ultramarine blue, with very velvety falls. This is
advance in fall bloomers. In California, where it a pumila hybrid, and blooms with the dwarfs early in
originated, it blooms almost continuously from Aug- the spring, then in the fall it flowers again over a
ust through the winter, commencing again in April. very long period. It is one of the greatest bargains
Height two feet. Stock limited, and the rhizomes are at the price in the entire catalog,
small. Each $3.50 Each 25c; three for 50c
They lead the parade ! Right with the
Daffodils come the Dwarf Iris. Short in
stature and delicate in structure, they are
none the less stout of heart and brave the
icy blasts and cold rains of early Spring
with the courage of a Spartan.
Most Dwarf Irises multiply very fast,
creating a sheet of bloom, and later on, a
dense mat of green foliage. Long recog-
nized as admirable subjects for the rock
garden, and as an edging plant in the flower
border, these miniatures are perfectly
adapted to embellishment of the flagstone
path. Scatter them here and there along the
intervening spaces. The springtime showing
will delight you.
Our list of Dwarfs is enlarged this year,
so that you may enjoy a wide and attractive
ATROVIOLACEA. First of all to flower, and the
"tiny-tot" of the entire list. Deep ruby purple.
Each 25c; 3 for 50c; 10 for $1.00
AZUREA. Makes a lovely carpet of soft laven-
der-blue. Very dwarf and one of the earliest.
Each 25c ; three for 50c
blue of the sky.
Also a very early blue, almost the
Rapid increaser, only two inches
Each 25c; 3 for 50c"; 10 for $1.00
CYANEA. Glowing violet, with white beard.
Large flowers and fine foliage. Fragrant.
Each 25c; 3 for 50c; 10 for $1.00
DIXMUDE. Standards analine blue, falls bril-
liant wine. A striking contrast. Each 25c ; 3 for 50c
DR. MANN. A dusky bine and purple bicolor.
Good height for a dwarf, and late-midseason flower-
ing. Each 25c; 3 for 50c
DR. POTTER. Deeper rich purple self, very late
in the dwarf group ; nicely branched.
Each 25c; 3 for 50c
FLORIDA. Bright primrose yellow. A gay and
fragrant little fellow with lots of flowers.
Each 25c; 3 for 50c
NEOLA. A brown blend, fall bloomer. "We have
only a limited stock. Each 50c; 3 for $1.00
ROSE MIST. Soft mauve-pink, ten inches high.
One of the newer things. Each 30c; 3 for 75c
SAMBO. Well named— a blackish garnet, with
rich buds. Seldom offered. Each 30c ; 3 for 75c
SOCRATES. Handsome and well formed wine
red, very brilliant, well branched, and one of the
latest. Each 25c ; 3 for 50c
TITANIA. Deep buttercup yellow, large, well
formed. This is another late variety and one of Sass's
new things. Each 50c; 3 for $1.25
TONY. Bronzy purple-black, with fiery orange
beard. Intense color and a very telling garden
flower. Each 30c ; 3 for 75c
ULTRA. One of the largest flowered dwarfs, as
well as one of the tallest (1 foot), and in addition is
one of the bluest irises grown. Besides all this, it is a
most reliable autumn re-bloomer I Each 25c, 3 for 50c
ffcfrM THE KjkiEnr
"There is nothing in the garden like Jap-
anese Iris for arrogance subtlety and sheer
insolence of beauty. This is precisely the
effect conveyed when one sees Japanese
Irises in large masses. When a few plants are
found on the banks of a stream, they have
more of piquancy and less of boldness. They
are the most striking flowers of July, and not
so difficult to grow as the average gardener
■ If ,
of any five for
M. S. H endrickson
JAPANESE IRIS COLLECTIONS
Large, vigorous plants, with two or more fans each, correctly labeled and post-
paid, and packed in damp moss to insure freshness when they reach you.
The 5 Varieties Starred for $115
Your Choice of Any 10 for *322
The ENTIRE LIST of 20 for $522
Late in the summer, better make one or two second choices from
the regular list, in case we are sold short on some of the above.
CULTURE OF JAPANESE IRISES
"It is not true that Japanese Irises must have bogland or
even water in which to bathe their roots. They love moisture, but
will flourish in any good garden soil if water is applied in
abundance and if the exposure is sunny. The latter point is im-
portant. It is useless trying to grow Japanese Irises in a shady
spot. Sunlight and moisture are the two requisites for success
witli these plants.
"Let it be remembered that this type of Iris takes an entirely
different treatment from the Bearded Iris. Instead of being planted
almost on the surface of the ground, the crowns should be buried
"Peat can be added to advantage to soil where Japanese Irises
arc t<> go. Unlike the Bearded Irises, which delight in lime, the
Japanese forms prefer a soil which is somewhat acid. Lime should
never be used with them. It is also important that the ground be
kept well cultivated, never being allowed to become hard or dry.
A summer mulch of pulverized peat lessens the amount of hoeing
necessary and helps to hold the moisture.
"The location should be one where the drainage is good, even
though it be close by a pond. These Irises like to have their roots
reach water in summer, but stagnant water must not stand around
the clumps, and it is imperative that they should not be caked
over with ice in winter.
"Japanese Irises must have plenty of room, and must never
have competition from weeds or grass. If they are used in a
general garden away from water, a spot should be prepared for
them by digging out a foot of earth and working in an abundance
of well rotted cow manure. If the earth is at all heavy set the
divided clump on a little mound of sand. When winter comes a
light mulch will be needed.
"There is only one way in which to get an abundance of
large flowers, and that is to supply water with a generous hand
during the spring before the buds open." — Extract from "Horti-
As usual, they were excep-
tionally fine rhizomes — I've
never seen better. There must
be something in your soil out
there that the rest of us haven't
got — I certainly can't grow
them that large.''
W. E. Schreiber,
"The Japanese Irises are the last of
the more important groups to flower.
Beginning before the latest of the Ta
Bearded sorts have finished, they carry
on the pageant of iris beauty for most
of another month, and to new peaks
"The Japanese irises, as already pointed
out, differ from all of the preceding sorts not
only in flower form, but in general habit of
growth. They are considerably taller. The
effect as they grow in the garden, either at
close view in the hardy border or bed, or at
a distance in landscape planting, is so rad-
ically different from that of the Tall Bearded
irises that it would be well worth while to
have both, even if they bloomed at the
same time. Not only are the plants taller,
but the foliage and flowers are less formal,
and for that reason preferable for certain
types of landscaping."
SELECTED JAPANESE IRIS
AIFUKURIN. Sgl. White ground, suffused and heavily edged violet, petaloid stamens edged petunia violet. An
exceptionally beautiful variety $ 1.00
ANGEL'S DEN. Did. Vinous purple; very good grower 50
ASAGIRE. Did. White, etched with blue; a lovely thing 50
ATLANTA. Dbl. One of the new Kemp sorts. A soft lavender-pink of exquisite finish 75
CATHERINE PARRY. Dbl. Blue, overlaid with rosy red glow; high tufts in center lend distinction 50
CELESTINE. Sgl. Silvery pink with orange blotch 1.00
CLOUD DRESS. Dbl. Grey, lined lightly with purple lines 50
CLOUDY SKY. Dbl. White, except tips, which are crimson 75
COLLINGWOOD. Sgl. Another of the Kemp varieties, very pinkish in effect; slightly ruffled 75
ELEANOR PARRY. Dbl. Claret red, flamed white and blue as the flower ages 50
FRANCES E. CLEVELAND. Sgl. A gigantic blue-lavender; one of the best of all Japanese irises 75
GENJIYAMA. Dbl. One of the largest, very tall, a metallic light purple overlaid blue; orange blotch' : . . .75
HARMONY. Sgl. Ruffled oxide blue, veined and edged li'ac pink, with orange blotch 1.00
HATSUKI. Sgl. Uniform blue; very attractive; strikingly blue 50
HOSOKAWA. Dbl. Purple blue, with white lines radiating from golden bar at center 50
HOTARI. Sgl. Beautiful "pinkish" cast, very large 75
JEANETTE PARRY. Sgl. White, suffused with lines of bluish violet. Deep amethyist violet standards 50
JOSEPHINE HEYWOOD. Sgl. Bright blue, vivid purple sheen 75
KASUGANO. Dbl. Plum purple, pencilings of lavender, orange blotch 50
KOHIO. Dbl. Light lavender ground, densely mottled and veined purple. An extra fine thing 1.00
KOKO-NO-IRO. Dbl. Fine large red purple with prominent orange blotch; very late 50
KOMACHI. Dbl. Deep violet purple variety of great beauty 50
KOMBARIN. Dbl. Extra fine early white 50
KOYKA. Dbl. Deep rose, splashed and marbled with white 75
KUMONO. Dbl. Lavender, veined white, yellow center 50
KURO KUMO. Dbl. Deep purple, overlaid with blue; extra late 50
MARGARET S. HENDRICKSON. Triple. Soft bluish violet, with white center, radiating out a blue cast. With its
large, wavy petals, of triple formation, this iris is in a class by itself. Each 1.00
MARJORIE PARRY. Did. Huge light lavender, almost white, with tufted center 75
MARTHA KEMP. Sgl. Deep lilac pink, brushed Venetian blue 75
MARVELLA. Sgl. Phlox purple, splashed phlox pink 75
NEPTUNE. Sgl. Beautiful dark red, large orange blotch 75
NISHIKA. Sgl. Extra large, bright rose, heavily marbled and splashed with white. One of the finest 75
OLYMPIA. Sgl. Blended rose-pink and soft lavender 1.00
OSAMAKU MIYO. Dbl. Creamy or ivory white, delicately veined with blue. A very rare iris 75
PARAGON. Sgl. Beautiful large flowers of deep wine red; very striking 75
RISHONO. Dbl. Red purple, overlaid brilliant blue; orange center 50
ROMANCE. Sgl. Heavenly blue, marbled with pinkish lilac 1.00
SHIGA. Dbl. Reddish blue, very large petals; heavily veined white ■ 50
SHIKARI. Dbl. A marbled rose-pink, with yellow center 75
SHIMOYO. Sgl. Heavily veined violet on a grey ground 1.00
TALMANYA. Sgl. Pale king's blue, splashed lighter blue; a finely ruffled sort of large size 75
TUJI. Sgl. Dark violet blue, flaked white 50
VERNON. Sgl. Bright lavender blue on pink ground; orange center; a very large flower 75
VIOLET BEAUTY. Sgl. Pansy-violet, yellow blotch; drooping petals 50
YONOMO. Sgl. A monster flower in "mother of pearl" eoloiing 1.00
CULTIVATION OF BEARDED IRISES
By G. L. PlLKINGTON,
Hon. Sec. of the Iris Society
It should be unnecessary to point out
what must by now be generally an
accepted fact, namely, that these Irises
are essentially sun -lovers. Further-
more, that they should be planted in
positions where good drainage exists,
and should not be expected to give the
best flowering results when placed in
dense herbaceous borders where the
sun can seldom penetrate to the rhiz-
omes. If they can be grown in a sunny
border by themselves so much the bet-
ter; if not, then let them at least have
a position in the front of the herba-
ceous border. They are not particular
as to soil, and are far better not top-
dressed with patent manures, bone-
meal, etc. The use of lime is often
quoted as being essential, and is often
very much overdone in consequence.
I have always found that a dressing
of ground limestone dug into the Iris
border at the first planting supplies all
that is needed in this respect, and is,
moreover, practically everlasting, in
that it dissolves very slowly indeed,
and therefore cannot be given in ex-
Another important factor in the cul-
tivation of these Irises is the trans-
planting. Opinions vary as to the best
time for this operation, but I am in-
clined to think, after trying all times,
that it makes little difference to the
next year's blooming whenever it is
done, provided that the ground is in
good order for the work, and that it is
not left until too late in the autumn.
Late-planted Irises seldom get a hold
before the real winter sets in and are,
in consequence, often "heaved" out of
the soil by frosts, and make a poor
show the following summer. There is
no rule for dividing and transplanting
Irises, such as "every third year," as is
The condition of the plant must de-
cide this. Some of the more rampant
growers should be divided and trans-
planted every other year, and if this is
done it will be found that they rarely
suffer from rhizome rot. The vigorous
growers, if allowed to remain undis-
turbed for a period as long as three
years, make such a dense clump that
the sunlight cannot penetrate, with the
result that not only do they bloom
sparsely, but often they are attacked
by disease in the form of rhizome rot.
This is particularly so in the case of
Irises of the "Dominion" race.
A liberal use of superphosphate of
lime, which can be incorporated in the
soil whilst replanting the divisions,
does much to ward off the attacks of
this disease. "Doubtful" rhizomes of
varieties which are too valuable to
throw away should have all the soil
removed from them, be dipped in a
mauve solution of permanganate of
potash, and then left in a dry, airy
place for a month or six weeks before
If they are going to rot they will do
so in spite of all these precautions. If
they survive they can be replanted
with every prospect of success.
Owing to the vagaries of our weather
I frequently have Irises on my hands
waiting for suitable weather and soil
conditions to replant them for a month
or more at a time, and though the
rhizomes dry up entirely and the
leaves die down considerably I have
never found that the plant suffers in
the least. Root-action goes on whilst
the rhizome is in the dry state, and
the plant goes ahead very quickly as
soon as it is replanted. I would far
rather adopt this principle than "heel
in" the plants pending replanting,
which generally results in the break-
ing off of new fibrous roots which the
plant has made during the period of
One other point about planting. The
rhizomes should not be planted deep,
'but should be placed just below the
level of the soil surface and the roots
spread out to insure firm planting and
room for expansion. The rhizome will
soon work to the surface again, but if
planted on the surface in the first in-
stance it is not so easy to get the plant
firm in the ground, which is essen-
tial. — "Gardening Illustrated."
"If you are a lover of fairy tales or flowers, here is a story of how the Daylily, an old-fashioned garden
Cinderella, long neglected and abused, has become the princess of the garden, when dressed up in a satin
gown by the magic of the plant hybridizers. ... In fact, within the past five years the old-fashioned Daylily,
made over through hybridizing work, has become fashionable and has taken its place among the elect in our
present day flower gardens. . . . This Daylily is known botanically as HEMEEOCALLIS. The word comes
from the Greek and means 'beauty for a day', for most Daylilies flaunt each individual large lily-like flower
for just one day and then collapse. The bloom you see the next day is another that has opened. . . . These
Daylilies are among the hardiest perennial flowers we have. They will grow in glaring sun or in considerable
shade; along banks of streams or in dry upland soil. They flourish with cultivation, but keep right on when
neglected. They take no special care, and they have no known insect or disease pest." — From an article in
the Country Gentleman, March, 1934, by Harry R. O'Brien.
HEMEROCALLIS — THE NEW DAY LILIES
AMARYLLIS. Tall golden orange, the large blooms
shaped like an amaryllis. Midsummer flowering.
ANNA BETSCHER. Large flower of deep orange
shaded with bronze. July and August; a very fine
new one. Each $1.00
APRICOT. An early June bloomer ; light apricot
orange in color, and a very free and easy doer.
BAY STATE. Brilliant and glistening deep yel-
low, the petals having a distinctive wavy edge. One
of the heaviest and most persistent bloomers. Mid-
summer. Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50
CINNABAR. Fine delicate shade of brownish-red ;
sepals and petals strongly gold-glistening. A ruddy
and unusual color, with iip to 18 flowers on a stem.
Each $1.50; 3 for $4.00
J. A. CRAWFORD. Bright yellow with apricot
tints, in form similar to the perfection of Golden
Dream, but not such a deep coloring. One of the best.
Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50
HYPERION. Canary yellow self, of great size and
bold growing habit. A new and quite rare variety.
J. R. MANN. Distinctive flower of frosted apri-
cot, blooming in July and August, Sy 2 feet tall.
Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50
LEMONA. As the name implies, a pale lemon yel-
low self. Wide spreading blooms on four-foot stalks ;
very late. Each $1.00
MANDARIN. Clear lemon yellow, with greenish
cast in the heart of each blossom. Very tall, wide
open, recurved type of flower. Each $1 ; 3 for $2.50
MIKADO. Bright orange, with the central zone of
each petal blotched ruddy purple-red.' A striking and
wholly different sort. Each $2; 3 for $5
THE SENIOR COLLECTION
THE JUNIOR COLLECTION
Four for $3.00
Mandarin Mrs. W. H. Wyman
Mrs. A. H. Austin D. D. Wyman
Six for $5.00
Golden Dream Lemona
The Gem Modesty
Cressida J. A. Crawford
CRESSIDA. Deep orange with blooms rather star
shaped. Early flowering, of medium height.
Each 75c ; 3 for $2
D. D. WYMAN. Very large flower of golden yel-
low, with a tawny splash across each petal. Mid-
summer. Each $1.25 ; 3 for $3.00
FLAMID. Rich orange yellow with brownish re-
verse. A very prolific bloomer, July flowering.
Each $1 ; 3 for $2
GOLDENI. One of the most distinct in the list, a
very rich orange-sherbet, with salmony undertone.
Very free producer of flowers, medium in height.
Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50
GOLDEN DREAM. Richest golden orange, perfect
in form ; in our opinion one of the loveliest Daylilies
in existence. Rather late, lasting a long time.
GEORGE YELD. The largest variety in our col-
lection, a huge flower on 4-foot stems, in color a blend
of buff, apricot, orange and terra-cotta. Few plants.
HARVEST MOON. Rich apricot, with salmon suf-
fusions. Heavy demand last season reduced our stock.
MRS. A. H. AUSTIN. Extra fine deep golden
orange, one of the very largest, very heavy texture.
Midsummer, lasting over a long period.
Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50
MRS. W. H. WYMAN. A lovely, glistening pale
lemon yellow, with delicately curved petals. The
latest of all. Each $1.00 ; 3 for $2.50
MODESTY. Pale yellow self, with raised mid-ribs
on reflexed petals. A distinct and very fine Daylily,
blooming in June and July. Each $1.50; 3 for $4
OPHIR. Dark golden yellow, on stems that reach
42 inches. Of true lily form. A fine and contrasty
companion to the variety Mandarin.
Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50
THE GEM. Deep yellow apricot, one of the earli-
est, with splendid lily-like flowers in June and early
July. Each $1.00; 3 for $2.50
THUNBERGI. An evening blooming sort, of sweet
fragrance ; clear buttercup yellow. Late ; 4 feet tall.
WAU-BUN. Light cadmium yellow, faintly sprin-
kled with traces of fulvous red. Glistens with a gold-
en sheen, and the broad petals are slightly twisted
and curved. This is one of the new and scarce vari-
eties. Early. Each $2; 3 for $5
DUTCH IRIS PRICES: 75c per dozen, 3 dozen
for $2, $4.50 per hundred, prepaid. PLEASE do not
order less than one dozen. No bulbs shipped after
FEOM NEW HAVEN, CONN. —
Mr. J. B. Wallace, Jr., past secretary of the Iris Society,
ordered a complete collection for trial in the test gardens at
Yale University in New Haven, Conn. He wrote us that he
was very much surprised at the manner in which they so
successfully grew and flowered, and that it was a great pity
that so few gardeners realized how easy they were to grow.
Special Collection of Dutch Iris
SEVEN DOZEN — One Dozen of Each
for $352 POSTPAID
Their hardiness and the large color
range has made them very popular as
garden subjects, the brilliant clear yel-
lows, flashing blues, and sparkling
whites adding immeasurably to the
They are perfect material for cut
flowers, as they will stand considerable
handling and may be shipped safely for
long distances if cut when in bud.
These irises must be planted in the
fall, not later than October. They are
perfectly hardy except in extreme cold
sections, where they should have a
mulch of salt hay or tree boughs.
If you are not growing them you are
missing one of the real joys of garden-
ing. Use them in masses as you would
tulips or daffodils. Plant 4 inches deep.
ADRIAN BACKER. A uniform pur-
ple-lilac, good substance. Height 20
D. HARING. Standards greenish
white, falls pure white; a very large
flower of great substance. Early, height
LEONARDO DA VINCI. Standards
creamy white, falls canary yellow with
orange stripe. A very large flower, pro-
duced on stems up to three feet in
height. Segments very broad and of
POGGENBEECK. A splendid flower
of uniform dark blue, a great improve-
ment on the older Imperator. Height 20
THERESE VAN DUYLL-
SCHWARTZE. Pale cornflower-blue
standards, falls pure white, with very
narrow orange stripe. This is of com-
paratively recent introduction and cer-
tainly one of the loveliest things in this
list. 24 inches tall.
WEDGEWOOD. A Tingitana Hybrid resembling
the Dutch iris in all respects, except that it flowers
ten days to two weeks earlier. Fine large flowers of
bright wedgewood blue, a uniform coloring that is
most desirable either for garden or for cutting. An
easy iris to grow but must be in well drained soil
and planted about 5 inches deep. Wedgewood is
always a sensation when exhibited at the spring
YELLOW QUEEN. Standards and falls a bright
golden yellow. This variety is the glory of the iris
garden, for not only is it a beautiful and showy
thing in itself, but the glorious splash of color which
it carries enlivens the entire border. It is an indis-
pensable subject in any iris planting and the long
wiry stems make it an admirable cut flower. Large
in size and up to three feet tall.
Because of its ease of
culture, rapidity of in-
crease, and its extreme
hardiness, the new SUN-
RET LILY is certain to
achieve widespread favor.
It is not only of the easi-
est culture, hut is likewise
of rare beauty and robust
constitution. It has been
known to attain a height
of twelve feet, with from
20 to 40 flowers to the
stalk, and may be depend-
ed uiion to grow consis-
tently to 5 or 6 feet. Not
particular as to soil, il will
thrive in full sun or par-
tial shade, and while it ap-
preciates good drainage, a
liberal amount of water
during the growing season
pays good dividends in
larger blossoms and great-
The SUNSET LILY has
few rivals in the group
which are generally char-
acterized as RED. No oth-
er red lily compares with
it in size nor height, and
certainly none of them are
as easy and simple to
grow — it is practically
fool-proof. As will be noted
in the color illustration, this lily is bright red in
color, the central portion being a bright yellow with
dark spots. The anthers are long and very pro-
nounced, lending grace and airiness to the flower.
Stems are straight and strong with no tendency to
droop. Plant medium depth, about eight or nine
indies, in a position where water or seepage will not
stand during the winter. July flowering.
PRICES: Strong well grown bulbs, each 75c, 3 for
$1.75, 12 for $5.00. Postpaid.
I confuse with L. Paidalinum, which somewhat resembles
The Sunset Lily is twice as large and finer in every respect)
Old customers will miss a few items from our
prior catalogs — especially the English Iris Bulbs,
and our more extensive list of Lilies. Our stocks of
both these items were sold very low last season, and
we were obliged to withhold them from sale this
year. It is our hope that the more complete list of
Bearded Iris and Hemerocallis will offset this short-
age. Your past patronage and good will are sin-
for Barbaric Splendor
A.MUN RA. Red-orange, 28 to 30 inches high,
flowers 8-9 inches across. Outstanding quality.
NET, each $1.50
CAVALIER. Larger than the enormous variety
Wurtembergia, perfectly formed, and lasts extra
long in flower. The color is glowing cerise. Few
plants. NET, each $5.00
CERISE BEDDER. Brilliant cerise, producing a
great abundance of flowers. Each 50c
EDNA PERRY. A very bright and lovely pink of
good form. Each 75c
ENCHANTRESS. Soft lilac-rose, a near approach
to lavender. Opens perfectly, holds its color remark-
ably well for this shade. A true novelty of excep-
tional merit. Only a very few plants. NET, each $5
HENRI CAYEUX. Deep old rose, shaded into wine
color. An unusual and very beautiful poppy quite
unlike any other. Should be grown in a spot pro-
tected from hot afternoon sun. Each 75c
KING GEORGE. Large fringed flowers of bril-
liant scarlet, petals deeply cut like a parrot tulip.
Medium height, fast increaser. Each 50c
LORD LAMBOURNE. Fringed, like the foregoing
but with heavy black blotches and a slightly dif-
ferent shade. Each 50c
LULU NEELEY. Finest Oriental Poppy in the
world today that can be sold at a popular price. A
prolific blooming sort of deep blood-red, massive in
size, on tall straight stems.
Each 75c; three for $1.75; a dozen for $6.00
MASTERPIECE. Lilac color, marvelous flower,
but should be grown with slight protection from the
sun to prevent fading of the delicate color. Each $1
MENELIK. A definite orange, without much of
the scarlet tone, with black spots. Each 50c
MRS. FISHER. Extra large, deep crimson, 4-ft.
stems. Each $1
MRS. PERRY. A very lovely salmon-pink.
OLYMPIA. A fluffy double poppy of soft orange,
with gray stamens in the center. Very free bloomer,
and the only double variety in the list. Increases
very rapidly by runners, so plant away from other
varieties. Each 25c ; three for 50c ; $1.75 doz.
PEARL PINK. Very fine and distinct ; a delicate
shade of light pearly pink, vigorous and prolific.
Appears like one large tulip within a larger one. Its
delicate color cannot stand the strong reds and bright
salmons, and to see it at its best, should be planted
with blue iris or an early delphinium. Stock limited.
Medium height. NET, each $2.00
PERFECTION. Large deep flowers, entrancing
shade of pink with immense black spots at base.
QUEEN LOUISE. A melting strawberry pink
flower of good finish, with prominent black and red
base spots. To 40 inches tall. Each 75c
RED LACQUER. A new deep dark red, of strong
appeal. Stiff erect stems to 44 inches tall. Blooms
7 to 9 inches across. "Well named. NET, each $1.50
SPLENDOUR. (Howe, 1933.) This new and en-
tirely distinct novelty was catalogued for the first
time last season. Brilliant, huge, entirely novel
in color, this blend of peach and apricot, entirely
overlaid salmon, is unlike any poppy we have ever
seen. Very late, and a vigorous grower. Each $3.00
TRILBY. One of the last to bloom. Dark, lustrous,
deep red, the petals having a plaited appearance.
Very large, and one of the finest of all poppies.
WATTEAU. Pure flesh-coral; covered with flow-
ers. No blotch on petals. This is one of the rarest
and loveliest in our list. Each $1.50; three for $4.00
WELCOME. Deep scarlet, shaggy, with dusty
black center. Very large. Each $1.00
WURTEMBERGIA. Enormous cerise scarlet ; very
tall growing. An outstanding flower, attaining al-
most unbelievable size. Each $1
For tips on culture, see next page
Oriental Poppy Collection
One of each for $2.50, postpaid.
LULU NEELEY— Giant blood red.
KTNG GEORGE — Fringed orange-scarlet.
QUEEN LOUISE— Strawberry pink.
OLYMPIA — Very double orange.
PERFECTION— Fine salmon pink.
WURTEMBERGIA— Huge scarlet.
SPURIAS — BEARDLESS IRISES
Below we list a number of rare species and hybrid
irises — a distinct group. All of these flower later
than the bearded section, many of them having very
attractive foliage as well as colorful blossoms in vari-
ous shades of blue, yellow, cream, copper and purple.
They appreciate a slightly heavy and rich soil, and
are at home in full sun. Plenty of moisture is appre-
ciated, thus they are adaptable to planting near pools
ALADDIN'S LAMP. A very deep rich yellow. Wonderful
clarity of color; heavy foliage. The finest deep yellow in
our collection. Each $1; three 'for $2.50
AUREA. A tall deep yellow, the rich color being especial-
ly good. Do not confuse with the bearded iris Aurea.
Each 50c; three for $1.00
DOROTHY K. WILLIAMSON. This is a hybrid of Fulva
•mil Foliosa, with brilliant flowers of dark madder violet.
The stems are well branched, making it one of the most
graceful and beautiful for cutting. Height 2% feet, flowers
produced well above the narrow slightly drooping foliage.
Each 25c; three for 50c
FULVALA. Cross of Fulva and Lamancea. Not unlike
tlic above but the color takes on more of the copper tone of
Fulva; a bright coppery red-purple. This is a fine grower,
and a wonderful cut flower. Supply limited. Each 50c
FULVA. The native copper-red iris of the South. A novel-
ty in color and perfectly hardy. Each 50c; three for $1.00
HEXAGONA. Beautiful sky blue flowers with yellow
(•enter, about three feet tall, the foliage gracefully drooping.
Each 50c; three for $1
HYACINTHIANA. A very early species from the moun-
tains of Thibet. About one foot in height, with dainty creamy
lavender flowers among the grass-like foliage.
Each 50c; three for $1
LORD WOLSELEY. A very rugged and dependable
spuria with beautiful flowers of bright blue-purple. 40 inches.
Each 50c; three for $1.00
MONAUREA. A cross between Aurea and Monnieri, pro-
ducing flowers of clear deep yellow on exceedingly long
stems. The foliage is especially good, making it a gem for the
waterside. Each 50c; three for $1.00
MONNIERI. Deep primrose yellow, and very handsome.
Likes a great deal of moisture, flowering very late. We
highly recommend this as being of easy culture and a very
notable flower. Each 50c; three for $1.00
MRS. A. W. TATE. Vigorous growing, soft porcelain blue.
This is the very best of the light types.
Each 35c; three for 75c
OCHROLEUCA. A white flower with orange markings at
the throat. Desirable for the border.
Each 50c; three for $1.00
ORIOLE. Greenish primrose yellow. Fine large flowers
on four foot slender stalks, with broad handsome foliage.
Each $1; three for $2.50
PSEUDACORIS. English yellow water iris. Grows very
tall and flaunts its blossoms on 5-foot branching stems when
grown in shallow pools with rich soil.
Each 50c; three for $1.00
VERSICOLOR. Belonging to the Laevigata group, it is
essentially water loving and so can be planted in shallow
pools and swampy places. Flowers a beautiful shade of blue.
Flourishes in acid soil. Each 50c; three for $1.00
CULTURE OF ORIENTAL POPPIES
There is nothing more brilliantly
attractive — more strikingly noticeable
in any garden — than a clump of Ori-
ental Poppies. The orange-scarlet, with
big black velvety spots, is the one most
frequently seen and, I think, the
"Prince Charming" of them all, al-
though there are blood-reds, lavenders,
salmons and whites, all of which are
Many times I had bought plants, only
to have them die, and many times I
had planted seed — but with very little
success — simply because I did not know
how to care for them. Finally I bought
plants in the dormant season and set
them out. After becoming established
in their new home they made wonder-
ful growth in the Fall.
Oriental Poppies are quite hardy, and
stay green most of the winter under a
light covering, which they should have.
When spring comes the plants make
rapid growth and very soon big fat
buds appear. In a few days, these buds
burst into a radiant brilliance, to my
joy and satisfaction.
Do not buy Poppies in the spring and
expect them to do their best . Buy them
in their dormant season, in August or
early September — carefully plant them
— let them get their roots firmly estab-
lished — the little feeding roots active
and ready for quick work in the spring
and you will have glorious Poppies in
your garden, and a thrilling satisfac-
tion in your heart. — From "The Flower
SWEENEY. STRAUB ft DIMM. HORTICULTURAL PRINTERS, PORTLAND. OREGON